Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sun., Jan. 14, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 124, which took place inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and now it’s time to see who walked away with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Leading the way is Jeremy Stephens, who took home the biggest check courtesy of the sports apparel giant to the tune of $20,000 following his knockout win over Doo Ho Choi in the headlining bout (see it again here).
For his troubles, “Korean Superboy” banked a whopping $5,000.
Darren Elkins and Michael Johnson shared second place after they each banked $15,000 in a Lightweight scrap that saw “Damage” mount yet another comeback to pull off a second-round submission victory over “The Menace.”
Let’s take a look at the rest of the Reebok payouts — which recently witnessed an overhaul in pay structure — courtesy of MMA Junkie:
Jeremy Stephens: $20,000 def. Dooho Choi: $5,000
Jessica-Rose Clark: $3,500 def. Paige VanZant: $5,000
Kamaru Usman: $5,000 def. Emil Meek: $3,500
Darren Elkins: $15,000 def. Michael Johnson: $15,000
James Krause: $10,000 def. Alex White: $5,000
Polo Reyes: $5,000 def. Matt Frevola: $3,500
Irene Aldana: $3,500 def. Talita Bernardo: $3,500
Kyung Ho Kang: $5,000 def. Guido Cannetti: $3,500
Jessica Eye: $5,000 def. Kalindra Faria: $3,500
J.J. Aldrich: $3,500 def. Danielle Taylor: $5,000
Mads Burnell: $3,500 def. Mike Santiago: $3,500
According to the payout structure (see it), the more fights you have combined with UFC and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Strikeforce promotions, the more coin you have for your combat sports piggy bank.
And the less fights you have under the ZUFFA banner... well, the less you get. If you have a problem with the structure, take it up with UFC, not Reebok.
According to the report, fighters will also receive royalty and payments up to 20-30 percent of any UFC-related merchandise sold that bears his or her likeness. That's a great way for the Internet "morons" to help the cause.